After weeks of speculation and decisions over whether or not to accept or decline invitations, Republicans will descend on Cleveland Monday for the start of their convention. By the end of it, the party will have selected a presidential and vice presidential nominee to face off against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton come November.

The convention’s schedule was released only a few days before its start even though presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s campaign promised to release it sooner. Several Republican bigwigs will be missing the convention this year, including former President George W. Bush and former President George H. W. Bush.

Trump has promised this convention will not be “boring” like past ones. Despite the promise of something exciting, Trump told the New York Times he still wanted to maintain trappings of a traditional convention. “You don’t want to make it so different that it’s no longer a convention,” he said.

RNC Quicken Loans Arena is decorated to welcome the Republican National Convention on July 11, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention will be held at the arena July 18-21, 2016. Photo: Angelo Merendino/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the convention’s full schedule, musical guests and when key people, including Donald Trump, former presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, are scheduled to speak.


The convention will open at 1 p.m. EDT Monday.

Swon Brothers and Hope Country will provide entertainment, according to the convention’s official website.

Speakers include Jamiel Shaw Sr, whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Melania Trump and Sen. Joni Ernst.


The convention will kick off its second day at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Traditionally a roll call of states is taken and this is when Trump's name is expected to be placed into the ring for nomination.

Super Diamond and Dave Fenley will be Tuesday’s musical guests.

Speakers include Dana White, president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr.


The convention’s third day begins at 7 p.m. EDT.

Lee Brice and Jordy Searcy are Wednesday’s entertainers.

Speakers include Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.


The final day of the convention begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT. As part of convention tradition, Trump is scheduled to speak Thursday evening.

Hope Country is back to close out the convention along with The Sensations.

Speakers include RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Ivanka Trump.